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Green Vocabulary III

Green Vocab for College Bound - Lessons 6 & 7

WordDef.Sentence
behoove (v) to be necessary, right or proper for; advisable It behooved Carolyn to carry an umbrella regularly when going to school.
euphemism (n) an inoffensive term substituted for one that is offensive Use some euphemism if you have to discuss bodily functions; we are uncomfortable with those types of discussions in our house.
evanescent (adj) lasting only a short time, vanishing; transient, ephemeral (ant - long-lasting, permanent) Fortunately his melancholy mood was evanescent, and within a short time he was his old self.
exacerbate (v) to increase the severity of; to aggravate; intensify (ant - lessen, alleviate) He exacerbated the situation by lying to the police.
exemplary (adj) worthy of imitation; commendable; admirable Her grades last semester were exemplary.
opaque (adj) not letting light pass through; not transparent; not reflecting light (ant - transparent, clear) An opaque curtain was installed over the window in the room to provide privacy for the workers.
opulent (adj) having or showing great wealth; very wealthy or rich; affluent (ant - squalid, scarce) She was living an opulent lifestyle until the strike hurt her business.
ornate (adj) made with elaborate or lavish decorations; sumptuous (ant - simple, plain) Theresa, who likes simple things, thought the room was too ornate.
sequester (v) to set off or apart, separate; segregate (as a jury); to go off by oneself If he were ever to finish the novel, he knew he had to remove all distractions by sequestering himself in the mountain cabin.
atrophy (v) the wasting away of the body, its organs or tissue; wither The therapist set up a program of leg exercises for him so his muscles would not atrophy.
aversion (n) a strong dislike for; repugnance; distaste; antipathy (ant - liking) Carol's aversion to seafood made it difficult to eat at the beach.
equivocate (v) to speak ambiguously in order to deceive or mislead; evade, dodge (ant - unambiguous) His critics accused the President of equivocating on every major issue facing the country.
esoteric (adj) intended for or understood only by a small group of people; cryptic (ant - clear, open) The poem was so esoteric that few people besides the relatives of the poet could understand it.
eulogy (n) a speech or written tribute praising a person or thing, especially someone who has recently died; tribute, panegyric (ant - vilification) By the time the minister had finished the eulogy, there was not a dry eye at the graveside.
obtrusive (adj) intruding and offensive (ant - unobtrusive) Rather than appreciating all I had done for her, she said I was to mind my own business and stop being so obtrusive.
officious (adj) to be so excessively forward in offering one's services that one becomes annoying; meddlesome He thought he was being very helpful, but the others thought he was being officious.
onomatopoeia (n) the use or sound of a word that imitates or resembles the word that it stands for or describes. The words "wham" and "buzz" are examples of onomatopoeia.
overt (adj) not concealed, not hidden; open, visible, ostensible (ant - covert) There was nothing overt about his rude behavior, but you could sense it.
scrupulous (adj) conscientious, attentive to details, meticulous (ant - careless, negligent, sloppy) The business owner was very scrupulous about keeping his money separate from the store's money.
bedraggled (adj) wet, limp, messy; unkempt (ant - neat, dapper) After getting caught in a rain storm, Jack arrived at work bedraggled.
Created by: Karina Geneva on 2009-09-20



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